Category Archives: Progressive Sermons

Lectionary Sermon for Lent 5 A on John 11:1-45 March 29

If I had my time again as a teacher, I like to think I would encourage all serious science and history students to read Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road not taken” That poem concerns a traveller walking through the wood, … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon, 22 March 2020 Lent 4, Year A, on John 9:1-41

A PARABLE FOR MODERNS?Bishop Brian Tamaki, the founder of one of the local mega-churches in South Auckland, is quoted as saying that if his parishioners turn to God and pay their tithes, God will protect them from Coronavirus (N-COVID19). To … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for Lent 3 A : 15 March 2020 on John 4:5-42

A superficial glance at today’s lectionary gospel reading might leave us wondering why in our current circumstances – a world in the grip of a new set of financial, political and health crises today -we should be apparently wasting time … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for, 8 March 2020, Lent 2, on John 3:1-17

I guess I am not the only one present who, a few days ago, watched those worrying pictures out of India, where furious Hindus were setting fire to Muslim owned homes, shops and mosques and trying to beat up fleeing … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 1 March 2020 on Matthew 4: 1-11 (Lent 1 A)

MAD MIKE – OR MATTHEW WITH A MESSAGE? There was a rather strange BBC news item a few days ago concerning a dare-devil adventurer who was killed when his steam powered rocket crashed. The weird part for I guess most … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for Transfiguration Sunday, 23 February 2020 on Matthew 17:1-9

Transfigured? – so what changes? One of the puzzles for those of us used to watching news documentaries and reading intended non-fiction as history is the question of why in much of the Bible there seem abrupt moves to convey … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon February 16 2020 Epiphany 6 A (St Valentine’s Sunday) on Matthew 5: 21 – 37

RULES FOR LIFE According to this week’s BBC news, even the Pope has to puzzle his way matching accepted Church rules to intractable moral issues. One longstanding problem for the Catholic Church is dealing with a shortage of priests in … Continue reading

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